Rainscreen Cladding for University Building

Sussex University

Sector: Facade System
Architect: ADP
Client: University of Sussex
Contractor: Main: Morgan Sindell Sub: Hathaway

Rainscreen Cladding and Louvres

Occupying a pivotal location at the very heart of the campus, the Fulton Building is a new flexible teaching building, which has become a major new focal point for the University of Sussex.
The University of Sussex educates over 10,000 students.  The new £10 million Fulton building at the heart of the campus, provides 3,000 square meters of teaching space across three floors, including;  Two 160 seat lecture theatres and a mix of 22 seminar rooms in varying sizes.

The building has been designed to minimise impact on the environment, with concrete floors acting as heat sinks and a natural ventilation system comprising of 24 roof-mounted extract terminals with cross talk attenuators to prevent noise transmission between classrooms and boost fans for extreme summer conditions.

Rainscreen cladding is a unique method of cladding or over-cladding a building to provide weather protection for the building fabric and structure as well as offering clean easy to maintain finish. Renowned for their ability to create a completely ‘flat’ surface, rainscreen cladding systems are increasingly used on prestigious new build projects such as Fulton Building where guaranteed long-term performance and the aesthetics of the building façade are of paramount importance.

Bailey deep, horizontal soffits combined with louvred panels were installed internally as a feature of the main concourse as well as being used to create an external feature canopy. With such extensive area of soffit, specifying Bailey Cassette system was key to ensuring flat soffits without visible fixings or quilting.

Find out more about the different types of rainscreen cladding here.

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